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Attention large companies! An SOS for ESOS has been answered!

By 10th March 2015April 4th, 2019No Comments

microscope01Since 1994, Auditel has become the country’s leading specialist cost management consultancy with over 3,500 clients.

Managing Director Chris Allison says: “With the introduction of ESOS, a number of our clients are asking us for advice on the implications of this scheme and what help we can give them. So, I thought that the following information would be helpful.”

What is ESOS?

If you have not yet come across this acronym, ESOS stand for: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. ESOS was implemented by Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). The scheme mandates that all large UK enterprises must undertake comprehensive assessments of energy use and efficiency opportunities at least once every four years to consider the impact and possible reduction of their energy consumption.

What is a “large undertaking”?

This includes companies, corporate groups and not for profit organisations who employ at least 250 people, or had an annual turnover in excess of €50 million and a balance sheet in excess of €43 million, at 31st December 2014.

What happens if we don’t carry out these assessments?

If you do not carry out these assessments every 4 years to ensure compliance, you may face financial penalties up to £90,000.

What is involved?

Well, to comply with the regulations, an ESOS-qualified Lead Assessor will need to be appointed to sign off your overall ESOS Assessment, as detailed below:

  • Measurement of your total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
  • Identification of areas of significant energy consumption, accounting for at least 90% of your total energy consumption
  • Identification of cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for areas of significant energy consumption
  • One or more board level directors must review the findings of the assessment
  • Report compliance to the Environment Agency

When does it start?

You are required by law, to carry out your first ESOS assessment and notify the scheme administrator, the Environment Agency, by the 5th December 2015 – not too far away! We are already in Phase 1 of ESOS and the data gathered from now until your compulsory assessment is what will be used to ensure your company can prove compliance.

What are the benefits?

The scheme affords companies the opportunity to analyse their business energy consumption. This can help to identify the ability to reduce energy use and to cut consumption, emissions and cost accordingly, both now and in the future.

The cost of a full ESOS compliant audit is small in relation to the amount your company could save – with the UK Government predicting savings of £2bn to be achieved by the companies that qualify.

Where can we find an ESOS-qualified Lead Assessor?

Auditel have a number of consultants who have qualified as Lead Assessors.

What is my next step?

Chris Allison says: “If you think that ESOS applies to you, we shall be happy to hear from you. We can quickly decide if your company will need to complete an audit. If so, your Lead Assessor will carry out a full energy assessment. They will then recommend how you can make the most out of the scheme. Finally, we will give you peace of mind by keeping your compliance evidence up to date and by making sure the Environment Agency is alerted by the deadline.

“You might also be interested in booking one of our Business Health Checks? Savings over the years on some 100 areas of business expenditure have been substantial, including: 33% on mobile phones, 36% on electricity, 32% on gas, 46% on water & sewerage, 46% on waste, 24% on haulage & freight, and 32% on stationery/office supplies, for example.

“So, we can not only provide peace of mind for your ESOS compliance but also keep a watching brief on the cost of running your business!”